The 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
June 29-July 7
Approximately 30 documentaries are included in over 130 new feature offerings by this A List Czech event.
Eight of the twelve titles in the Documentary Films Competition are world premieres. On the international side are: From Germany/Lebanon, Marouan Omara and Johanna Domke’s DREAM AWAY
, a look at a once-thriving Egyptian luxury resort tuned post-revolution ghost town; from Lebanon, Cyril Aris’ THE SWING
, a lyrical portrait of a longterm couple contending with mortality and illness; from Switzerland/Austria, Daniel Zimmermann’s WALDEN
, a formalist immersion into the Austrian woods; from France, Guillaume Brac’s TREASURE ISLAND
, which observes activities within a Parisian public park and pool; and from Lithuania/Latvia/Estonia, Audrius Stonys and Kristīne Briede’s BRIDGES OF TIME
, an essay on the 1960s Baltic New Wave in filmmaking.
Czech world premieres in the doc competition are Tomáš Bojar’s BREAKING NEWS
, which follows two newsrooms as they scramble for word on a major breaking story; Vitaly Mansky’s Latvian/Swiss/Czech title PUTIN’S WITNESSES
, which focuses on the ascension of Vladimir Putin to the Russian presidency; and Jana Andert’s INSIDE MOSUL
, on the filmmaker’s experiences embedded with an Iraqi Army unit fighting ISIS.
Among the other nonfiction world premieres at the fest are two titles screening in the Special Events strand: Czech/Slovak doc CIRKUS RWANDA
, Michal Varga’s look at the collaboration between Czech and Rwandan acrobat troupes; and Czech doc KING SKATE
, Šimon Šafránek’s exploration of the growth of a skateboarding subculture in Czechoslovakia.